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I had a hard time with my stock tire rack even with 35" tires let alone a 37-40" tire. The stock rack started to rattle and bend the sheet metal so it was time for an upgrade. When I got the stonger rear bumper it had a large flat deck on top. It gave me an idea for a swing out tire carrier.





I needed something strong enough for a 40" tire but not too heavy. I found a company locally that sold a heavy duty spindle kit.



Building this tire carrier required lots of welding



Next it was on to make a strong latch. I have seen others using a De-Sta-Co latch, so I used one as well. I have to say the latch is solid and it also has a lockout so it cannot release on its own. I used bushings for shock support, and had to make sure the mounting plates cleared the tailgate when down.





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This is the day I bought it at the owner's house. These pics were taken on my phone to text to my wife to say, "so, I'm buying a Bronco today". The rest is history.

If I remember the story correctly, the Bronco was in storage from basically the original family. It started life in Seattle and moved it's way to Denver. The guy I bought it from got it from his best friend who, in turn bought it from the original owner who was his father in law. Ok, did you follow that?

The Bronco was being sold by the guy I bought it from so he and his wife could raise funds to open a wine bar. It's doing well.

Before I bought, it had been used as a daily driver for 3 years. Before that, I believe it was in storage. However, they stored it properly as all the wiring and other things that should be eaten up by critters are still in very good condition.

The story goes that the "best friend" owner put a mattress on the hood when he was moving and it slid off taking the delicate (at that point) paint with it. Then the dent on the passenger side front happen during it daily driving duties with the previous owner.

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Next I added the upper supports.



I added the upper tire mount. This is adjustable incase I decide to get some deeper offset wheels in the future.



I then added gussets for strength.






Once I was done, I mounted my 40" tire. I then noticed that it was solid on the bottom, but it did move a little at the top (this would not be good for off road over time). So I decided to add a upper support.





This provided the extra support it needed and made the rack solid.





I then had it bed lined with the rest of the bumpers and trim. I added 2 mounts for a 60" Hi-lift jack across the bottom.

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Next step was to get rid of those awful wheels and old tires. Got the correct white wagon wheels and some 32x11.50x15 BFG AT's. This was with the old suspension.


And the interior tear down and restoration begins. All looked good from underneath when I was inspecting it prior to purchase, but we'll see what's under the carpet.





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More pics and luckily the floor were in amazing shape. These are the un-cleaned floors.




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The floor cleaned up very nicely. They looked like this throughout the Bronco.
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The next thing I did was put Hushmat through the entire interior. I am trying to find the pics of that and will post them when I do.

During this time, the tank sprung a leak....well, many little leaks. I think one pinhole gave, then it dampened the dirt holding plugging the other holes in the bottom of the tank on top of the skid plate, cause it just got worse and worse.


So I ordered a new tank and sending unit, plus, interior dash trim and gauge parts, new weatherstripping, stereo, speakers and wiring, leaf spring, front 1.5" coils, 6 shocks, all suspension bushings and had the skid plate blasted and then I painted/sealed it. I'm sure I forgot something in that list. Anyway, this is a pic of the parts piled under the Bronco. Plus, it is just a funny picture showing my '72 MG Midget (which has been sold) next to the Bronco. you can really see how small it is. Was a really fun car.


Here we are with the interior put back together. The front seats were reupholstered professionally with correct NOS fabric and vinyl from SMS. The carpet kit was ACC and the rear seat was left alone as its original and in fine condition.



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Here are some shots I took for Hagerty, but it shows the Bronco with the new suspension installed. So, the 1.5" lift coils, all new shocks and bushings and the rear leafs. The JBG "stock replacement" leafs must lift the thing like 3" because it still has a pronounced rake even with the leveling coils installed.


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Next cool thing was finally....finally (after many, many months of phone calls and waiting), dropping off my Bronco at Softopper to be the 78-79 test mule. This was also the first time I had taken the top off. Pictured here is my co-driver/body guard/tool helper.



Here it is during the final test fit at Softopper


And finally back at the house. I think it took about a month or so, I can't remember. They had to start from scratch pretty much everywhere. It goes to show how truly different the tops are fro 78-79 compared to the 80-96. When I picked it up, it was around 20 degrees, otherwise I would have dropped it right then.


Eventually I exercised the top though, as soon as it was in the 50's.
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Lots of good things going on here this month. I see that a few votes have been cast. Which is cool but we have a long way to go and I plan to carry this out to the end. With a lot more good things to come about my Bronco.

First time going topless!


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I found an accessory I'd been chasing for a long time. It just needed to be cleaned and painted.

Time for the bumper guards to come off.






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Interesting! I'd never seen a bumper guard that mounted where the overriders were mounted. That would look aces with a factory blacked-out bumper, too. So, you got my vote, since Filly was originally FordFilly's, and she was from Washington.

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Gotta be here for 30 days to vote. Keeps guys from inviting their friends to sign up and vote for them.
actually, we had to bump it up to 60, with the every other month contest spread.
just so we all know what's going on.

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Love the cactus smasher. Couldn't find one in good shape, so just had one made.

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Interesting! I'd never seen a bumper guard that mounted where the overriders were mounted. That would look aces with a factory blacked-out bumper, too. So, you got my vote, since Filly was originally FordFilly's, and she was from Washington.
I'll be doing exactly that in a couple of months when my ProtoFab rear bumper and 4pt cage get here. I'll take those, my cactus smasher and stock front bumper to get powder coated black, true to the original Freewheeling option it had stock. Someone at some point put chrome bumpers on mine and painted the hard top white (that will be remedied too should I decide to put if back on).

Another shout out to all the contestants. Everyone's rigs are really cool.
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Interesting! I'd never seen a bumper guard that mounted where the overriders were mounted. That would look aces with a factory blacked-out bumper, too. So, you got my vote, since Filly was originally FordFilly's, and she was from Washington.
Thanks Andy, I appreciate the support

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Why you ask? They build a long arm that uses the C cups from the factory. They are different than the duf stuff and bloody knuckles. Which I think is over done. They are also used on one of the coolest dent sides around.
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M2A2C- Love the bargain hunting on the rear bumper and the tweaking it to make it fit your needs! On the swing out tire support how did you tie it into the tailgate? That area is just sheet metal, did you brace it from the interior somehow?

78BroncoSteve- Really cool that you are in the SoftTopper commercial. I like the white wagon wheel rims. Same ones I used to have on my '72 F250. Yes I never should have sold it.

379sinvb- I agree, way to early to be casting votes, but to each their own. The overall look of your truck reminds me so much of why I fell in love with Broncos when I was young. Those arms look well made. I can't wait to see what you have to show us the rest of the month.

Keep the updates coming guys, enjoying the show!

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379, in the fifth pic of your awesome new radius arms, the threads in the end of the arm look very rough. Coming from someone who knows how to single point cut threads on a lathe, I'd be a little nervous about them. Maybe the pic makes it look worse, idk, I'm not there to physically inspect them.

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M2A2C- Love the bargain hunting on the rear bumper and the tweaking it to make it fit your needs! On the swing out tire support how did you tie it into the tailgate? That area is just sheet metal, did you brace it from the interior somehow?
Ya I had to brace it from the back. I used the factory mount for the passenger side and reinforced it. I then ran a plate to the driver (non factory) mount for strength. The plate had to match the contour of the tailgate and sit flat. That part of the fabrication was a PITA.

The bumper hinge was boxed in and reinforced from behind the bumper with 1/4" plate.
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Sorry for not being around this past weekend, we were on our own adventures in the wilderness of Gilmer, Texas... Pics to come on another thread, I promise you all will not be disappointed ...

Keep those pics and videos comin in ...

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Time for the extended arms to go in.


old vs. new



I chose to hack off part of the old drop brackets. The portion left was to attach the crossmember for the tranny to the frame.






While under the torch and up in the air we did one of the coolest and fuctional mods ever.

Not that difficult to do on your own.








What better way to test the strength of the welds on the arms and the twin stick conversion. Than by locking in the front end and mashing the go pedal.
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